A BARNSLEY man put his peddling to the test as he cycled from London to Cologne to raise money for charity.

Colin Cantle, 50, completed the London to Cologne cycle, a 353-mile bike ride which sees participants cycle through France, Belgium and the Netherlands before reaching the finish line, Cologne Cathedral.

Colin joined 67 other team members, who work for Herbalife, to complete the four-day challenge and they collectively raised £26,000 for the charity, Action for Children.

Forming part of Herbalife Nutrition’s global Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative to support reducing hunger worldwide, the ride has raised funds for Action for Children that will go towards supplying nutritional meals and healthy lifestyle programs at centres in Buckinghamshire, London and North Lanarkshire.

Commenting on the experience, Colin, of Hoyland, said: “Cycling 300 miles from London to Cologne was an emotional, strenuous, heart-warming and ultimately uplifting four days invested with 60 new friends I’ll never forget. I’m so glad I took the chance and signed up to do it this year and grateful for all the donations received so far to help HNF/Action for Children projects.”

The money raised by the Herbalife Nutrition UK team will be used to support some of the most disadvantaged children and young people from local communities. The sessions will help young people try new healthy foods and learn how to prepare balanced, nutritious meals. The new knowledge and skills learnt will help to improve the health and nutrition of young people taking part in the programme, and will have a wider impact on their entire family.

Julie Bentley, CEO of Action for Children, said: “Herbalife’s support over the last 12 years means we have been able to teach children and young people about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and make a real difference to their knowledge of nutrition and staying active.

“We want every child to be happy, well and safe and are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Herbalife team. Every penny raised will provide cooking sessions and nutritional information for some of the country’s most vulnerable children and young people.”

To donate visit the team’s Fundraising page:

https://give.herbalifenutritionfoundation.org/campaign/team-uk-london-to-cologne-cycle/ .